Putin's previous work in the KGB is fertile grounds for jokes.
He arrives one hour late in Berlin for a meeting with Schroeder and
announces with pride that he managed to lose his tail.
After the September 11 attack on the Pentagon many documents were
burned. Putin expressed his condolences to Bush and offered to
replace the lost documents with copies he had.
(Jokes about September 11 appeared right away in Russia, but
generally are considered improper in the US).
Vladimir Putin goes to bed one evening and Stalin appears to him in
a dream. Putin asks Stalin for some help with the state of Russian
economy, crime, etc... Stalin says:
"Round up and shoot every male between the age of 21 and 30 and then
paint the inside of the Kremlin blue."
"I knew you would ask me about the second part first"
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